New horse, new vest... new discipline? How did you become an eventer?
I'm a dressage rider (sort of). I mean, I've been TRYING dressage for years, but I'm not really good at it. I'm perched forward, prefer a short leg... you get the drift.
I have zero eye for distances, though I haven't jumped consistently in years, so maybe hope isn't lost. And, if I do say so myself, pics and video of me jumping (only up to 2'6) show a stable base of support, not jumping ahead, and a forgiving hand.
I got a new gelding about a month ago, and he was a 2'6-2'9 jumper. He's starting to adjust to contact and going in a TL dressage frame. However, I couldn't help myself and bought a jump saddle and finally took him over some cross rails, and it was just TOO MUCH FUN!
Now that he's muscling up, our dressage saddle doesn't fit him (nor me, so it's for sale and I'm on the hunt), so we're riding mostly in the jump saddle.
And I love getting to ride in it.
See where this is going?
I also just bought a barely used tipperary vest, and I happen to be at a barn owned by a family with strong eventing ties.
We're planning on spending the winter really focusing on flatwork and getting that all together, and the talented YR eventer is going to help me keep him going over fences and I'll do little stuff, but I just can't wait for spring when the ground is nice enough that I can try to take him over some little xc jumps...
So much to accomplish before then!
Onto my question -- how did you become an eventer? Are there other chickens who ended up eventing and not being a chicken anymore? Really, I'm a complete chicken, but I know I can ride very confidently when needed. My last horse was a wuss over fences (Even walking over poles on the ground), and I can remember a dirt refusal, doing a tight circle, SITTING and getting over that fence beautifully. Trainer says "Why don't you ride like that ALL the time?"
Just so happens my last two trainers/barns have ended up being eventing barns regardless of my intended discipline...